Leadership at West Hills

Our leadership consists of an elders council that oversees the whole West Hills Community (Morgan Hill and San Jose), and campus-specific leadership and staff. Read a more detailed explanation of how our leadership functions (pdf) at West Hills.

Pastors and Staff

Mike Burchfield

Mike Burchfield

Preaching Pastor / Elder

Bio…

After serving as a church planter and relief worker in Asia for five years, Mike joined the ministry team of the West Hills Community (known then as the Hillside Church) in 1987. Serving first as an associate, Mike became the lead pastor in 1989. His passion is to see a people follow Jesus and mature in their relationship with Him and to see gospel centered, church planting churches established throughout Santa Clara County, the San Francisco Bay area and beyond.

Mike took his education at State Technical Institute in Memphis, Tennessee, Mid South Bible College, William Carey Int’l University and Western Seminary;

He also serves as a chaplain for the local police department, is a member of the Acs 29 Network for church planting and is in process of earning certification as a professional leadership and relationship coach.

David Frederick

David Frederick

Associate Pastor / Elder in Training

Bio…

David joined the staff of West Hills in Jan of 2013 after spending 9+ years as a student ministry director at Morgan Hill Presbyterian Church. David started following Jesus as a high school student in Morgan Hill after being invited to youth group by some friends. After high school David enrolled at San Jose State to pursue his undergraduate degree in Social Science with the hopes of becoming a teacher. It was at this time that he first started to volunteer in youth ministry which eventually became a part time and then full time ministry position. The Summer of 2004 was a big time for David. In June David graduated from SJSU and started youth ministry full time at MHPC and then in July married his high school sweetheart Pamela. Realizing a desire for more biblical and theological education, David enrolled in a Master of Divinity program at Western Seminary which he completed the summer of 2010. It was at this time that David felt God’s leading to pursue pastoral ministry, which would eventually lead him him to West Hills a few years later.

 

David has two ministry passions. The first is to teach the Word of God and the second is to equip people to use their spiritual gifting for God’s kingdom. It is great that the two so often go hand in hand. A lot of transformation happens as people interact with the bible, as well as when they experience the grace of God in action through service and the inevitable stretching that comes with using their spiritual gifts. It is a privilege to walk alongside people in this element of discipleship.

David loves spending time with his wife and his five kids. Likewise, he is working hard to teach them to love baseball (Go Giants!). David spends much of his free time reading, drinking coffee, running, cycling and playing music.

Brad Mortensen

Brad Mortensen

Executive / Elder

Bio…

I am a native Californian having been born and raised in Santa Clara. I attended San Jose State University where I completed a B.A. Economics and an M.S. Accounting. After college I received a CPA credential and worked as a consultant serving international clients. In 2005 the Lord blessed me with the opportunity to transition from Silicon Valley into vocational ministry. I completed an M.A. Biblical Counseling at The Master’s College in 2009 to better equip me for the work the Lord has called me to do.

 

I currently live in Gilroy with my wife Colleen and our children Hannah, Essie, Elle, Mario and Arvi. Colleen is my constant help in ministry. Prior to our marriage, Colleen served as a missionary in Albania, teaching English and working within the church. We have a special heart for adoption and disability ministry as God has blessed us with 5 unique children with 5 unique stories, including 2 who are teaching us about life with Down Syndrome.

 

I became a Christian in high school as the result of the witness of another student (the gospel was new to me as I did not grow up in the church). The years that followed were marked by a slow but steady spiritual growth and a desire to enter missions. After college, I struggled spiritually as I grappled with career pressures and the fruit of my own spiritual compromise. This season ended when the Lord confronted me with my sin and showed me in a way I had never comprehended before the beauty of the gospel. Because the Lord started putting me in situations where I was informally counseling others I began taking counseling classes at The Master’s College to become better equipped for ministry. One of my passions in ministry is to connect with people who are grappling with the messiness of real life and help them connect where they are with what it means to walk with Jesus in the “real life” world that we live in.

Leslie Carmichael

Leslie Carmichael

Public Relations / Minister to Children

Bio…

Leslie joined the staff of West Hills in February 2015 and has been a member of the church since 2000. Leslie started following Jesus as a junior in high school after realizing that peace and joy could only be fulfilled by having a personal relationship with Christ Jesus and not in the things of this world.

After graduating from San Jose State University, she began a career in high-tech marketing. Her responsibilities in building partnerships with companies led her to travel the globe in effort of launching products and training. Although exciting, after marrying her high school sweetheart and having their first child, she no longer desired the long excursions away from home. She took time to be a stay-at home mom, while going back to obtain her credential to teach in Christian education. She began teaching second grade when her three children were old enough to attend the private school in which she taught. She later obtained her credential in Christian Administration and became the Principal of Junior High and worked to open a new private high school. At this point, The Lord began to create a desire in her heart to take a different role at West Hills. Leslie’s experiences in marketing and education would be utilized in introducing the community to Christ by means of engaging with larger community events offered through Chamber and Rotary. In addition, she would work in the development of children’s ministry programs that would help children obtain spiritual transformation toward Christ. Leslie is passionate about living out 1John 3:18 that states, “let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth.” It is her desire to develop relationships and show Christ’s love to the community as a means of discipleship.

Leslie has been married to Eddie for 18 years and has three children ages 16, 14, and 10. She lives in Gilroy and is an active member of the Gilroy Planning Advisory Committee and is an advocate for breast cancer awareness. If not at West Hills, you can find her on the baseball fields for Little League, Christopher High sporting events or many of the local community events.

Debbie Kenyon

Debbie Kenyon

Womens Ministry / Childrens Events

Bio…

“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the kind of car I drove …. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child” .. (Taken from Successories) Debbie has changed the last line to say, “But the world may be different because Jesus used me to plant “seeds” in the life of a child”. Debbie’s desire is to see children make a decision to follow Jesus at an early age and continue on the narrow path throughout their life.

Debbie is an example of a “seed” planted in Children’s Sunday School during her elementary years. Born and raised in San Jose, California, she put her faith in Jesus during her 7th grade summer Hume Lake Christian Camp. Though in her high school years, she choose to do her “own thing” and ignored her faith, but the Lord had other plans for her.

Debbie rededicated her life after a series of life changing events and totally surrendered to God in 1982. Leaving her profession of 18 years, the Lord lead her to a total career change .. Leaving the hair industry and giving Debbie a heart for ministering to children.

In 1986 Debbie’s family were asked to leave Los Gatos Christian Church to help begin a new sister church in San Jose, known as South Valley Christian Church. It was there that she began her journey in the Children’s Ministry volunteering as a director for 6 years. In 1991 another partnership was formed with Hillside Church of Morgan Hill, now known as West Hills Community Church and Debbie was asked to serve as the Children’s Minister. Presently on staff full time and thanking God for this awesome privilege of serving children for the Kingdom of Christ.

Married since 1971, Don and Debbie have a son and daughter and have lived in Morgan Hill since 1986.

David Burchfield

David Burchfield

Worship Pastor

Bio…

David grew up in the South Bay Area and has been attending West Hills Community Church since infancy. Under the shepherding of WHCC, God led David to follow Jesus at age 17. He has volunteered in WHCC youth ministry, worship music ministry, and missions ministry since 2002. David worked as a commercial electrician and estimator/project manager for 10 years before leaving that career to join staff at WHCC. Beginning in 2016, David spent two years as the Pastoral Resident/Worship Leader at WHCC’s Evergreen campus until in 2018 he transferred to the Morgan Hill campus as full-time Pastor of Worship. His main pursuit is knowing Jesus more and making Him known. He is excited to see people grow into deeper faith in Jesus and thoroughly enjoys seeing God’s healing power at work. He has devoted his life to applying the Gospel to the hardships of this broken world, the greatest of which is the sin we all experience. He absolutely loves how God takes simple, lost people like he once was and makes them His children, fellow heirs with Christ!

 

After meeting and ministering alongside one another at WHCC, David and his wife Alisha were married in 2009. As of now, Alisha has temporarily stepped out of her career as a registered nurse in order to care for their three children, Jachin, Elijah, and Kariese. Alisha also has experience in youth ministry, music ministry, missions, and young women’s discipleship. Together David and Alisha enjoy family, the outdoors, music, travelling, and SF Giants baseball. They both love people and always love a good celebration or get-together.

 

After completing his BA in Christian Counseling through Liberty University in 2016, David enrolled in the M. Div program at Western Seminary in Santa Clara, CA. He prayerfully aspires to enter full-time preaching ministry in the coming years and eagerly waits to see where God is planning and directing.

Robin Church

Robin Church

Office Administrator

Bio…

Robin was born and raised in the Bay Area. She grew up aware of God but never fully embraced him or his teachings. Many years passed before the Lord would change her heart. In early 2014 she felt the need to finally seek God’s word. Her path led her to West Hills Community Church where she would learn to truly follow Jesus Christ and come to know the awesome God that brought her here. He had a plan for her and it included sharing her testimony, being baptized and leaving a career as a theatrical hairstylist and makeup artist for over 20 years to serve in the church office.

She is thankful that her husband Ed was also called to faith at the same time and they were baptized at WHCC on the same day! They have been married since November of 1994.

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Elders

Bob Warnock

Bob Warnock

Elder Chairman

Bio…

After growing up in Marin County in the 1960’s, Bob attended U.C. Berkeley where he graduated in 1978. While there, Bob became a Christian through a fraternity Bible study in 1977. Bob met his future wife, Holly, while in college who had accepted Christ at a young age. They were married in 1979. After attending college, Bob earned an MBA from U.S.F. and shortly thereafter pursued a career in business.

After moving to Morgan Hill in 1980, Bob and Holly began attending WHCC where they have remained ever since. They have 4 children, Robin (1983), Kelly (1985), Matt (1990), and Andrew (1996). Bob enjoys golf, basketball and running. He currently works for Performance Food Groups, a manufacturer of fresh cut fruits and vegetables.

Mike Burchfield

Mike Burchfield

Preaching Pastor / Elder

Bio…

After serving as a church planter and relief worker in Asia for five years, Mike joined the ministry team of the West Hills Community (known then as the Hillside Church) in 1987. Serving first as an associate, Mike became the lead pastor in 1989. His passion is to see a people follow Jesus and mature in their relationship with Him and to see gospel centered, church planting churches established throughout Santa Clara County, the San Francisco Bay area and beyond.

Mike took his education at State Technical Institute in Memphis, Tennessee, Mid South Bible College, William Carey Int’l University and Western Seminary;

He also serves as a chaplain for the local police department, is a member of the Acs 29 Network for church planting and is in process of earning certification as a professional leadership and relationship coach.

Eddie Carmichael

Eddie Carmichael

Elder

Bio…

Eddie was born and raised in San Jose CA where he met and married his High School sweetheart Leslie in 1996. Eddie came to know the Lord under the Junior High and High School ministry of Calvary Community Church in San Jose where he was Baptized and gave his heart to the Lord as an 8th grader in 1986.

Eddie and his wife Leslie have resided in Gilroy since moving there in 1997 where they have three beautiful kids: Brandon (1998), Lauren (2000) and Ryan (2004). Eddie has worked in the Pharmaceutical industry since 2002 and currently works for Zoetis Animal Health. The Carmichael family have been members at West Hills since 2000. Eddie still enjoys playing basketball weekly, going out on dates with his wife Leslie and following his childhood football team, the Dallas Cowboys.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 4:6-7

Chris Hauge

Chris Hauge

Elder

Bio…

Christopher Hauge was born in San Diego in 1969. He has had a heart for ministry since realizing his deep need for Christ in late High School. Not long after that he graduated from college with a degree in Biblical Studies and a minor in Youth Ministry and worked in Youth Ministry for over 10 years. Just after college he married his love Joy and they have seven children. He currently works as an Operations Manager at a company that manages small public water systems, both municipal and privately owned.

In the early 80’s Chris started attending West Hills; however, he moved to southern California to finish college in the early 90’s. During this time he continued to stay in contact with the believers at West Hills (Then Hillside Church). After nearly 10 years living in Santa Clarita he moved back to Morgan Hill with his wife. He has been actively involved in the life of West Hills Community Church since and has enjoyed serving the body of believers here.

Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and each one of his seven children. He also enjoys cycling (any kind, road, mountain, etc…), good friends, food, camping, music and reading.

Jeremiah 33:1 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

Brad Mortensen

Brad Mortensen

Executive / Elder

Bio…

I am a native Californian having been born and raised in Santa Clara. I attended San Jose State University where I completed a B.A. Economics and an M.S. Accounting. After college I received a CPA credential and worked as a consultant serving international clients. In 2005 the Lord blessed me with the opportunity to transition from Silicon Valley into vocational ministry. I completed an M.A. Biblical Counseling at The Master’s College in 2009 to better equip me for the work the Lord has called me to do.

 

I currently live in Gilroy with my wife Colleen and our children Hannah, Essie, Elle, Mario and Arvi. Colleen is my constant help in ministry. Prior to our marriage, Colleen served as a missionary in Albania, teaching English and working within the church. We have a special heart for adoption and disability ministry as God has blessed us with 5 unique children with 5 unique stories, including 2 who are teaching us about life with Down Syndrome.

 

I became a Christian in high school as the result of the witness of another student (the gospel was new to me as I did not grow up in the church). The years that followed were marked by a slow but steady spiritual growth and a desire to enter missions. After college, I struggled spiritually as I grappled with career pressures and the fruit of my own spiritual compromise. This season ended when the Lord confronted me with my sin and showed me in a way I had never comprehended before the beauty of the gospel. Because the Lord started putting me in situations where I was informally counseling others I began taking counseling classes at The Master’s College to become better equipped for ministry. One of my passions in ministry is to connect with people who are grappling with the messiness of real life and help them connect where they are with what it means to walk with Jesus in the “real life” world that we live in.

Jim Perteet

Jim Perteet

Elder

Bio…

Jim Perteet is a native Californian born in San Jose in 1961. He is married to his dearest friend Kimberly. They are parents of three treasures, Gabriel (1987), Laurelyn (1989), and Rebekah (1993). Jim works as a manager of a large roofing company.

In late 1980, Jim began following God after recognizing his need to yield his life to the Creator – past, present, and future, and receive the wonderful gift of God’s grace. That gift was a life changed when he encountered forgiveness from God for sin, offered through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Perteet family have been members of the church now known as West Hills Community Church since 1991. Jim has enjoyed serving in the church as a shepherd elder for several years. His other pleasures and interests include family life, friends, people, travel, outdoor activities (camping, fishing, shooting, four wheeling, etc.). He plays and coaches soccer.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27

“Love God, love people.” -Jim

Kevin Conant

Kevin Conant

Elder in Training

Bio…

Kevin, a Santa Clara Valley native, was born at Stanford Hospital in 1960 and raised in Cupertino. He and Deborah married in Yosemite in 1989 are the delighted parents of Laurel (1992) and Avery (1994). They live in the east foothills of Gilroy. Active in the ministry of Firefighters for Christ for his entire career, Kevin retired as Fire Battalion Chief after 32 years, and is now a Training Specialist with State Fire Training. Kevin and Deb were baptized at West Hills in 1991. Kevin became a Christian as a youth, while attending an adult bible study with his parents at Valley Church in Cupertino.
David Frederick

David Frederick

Associate Pastor / Elder in Training

Bio…

David joined the staff of West Hills in Jan of 2013 after spending 9+ years as a student ministry director at Morgan Hill Presbyterian Church. David started following Jesus as a high school student in Morgan Hill after being invited to youth group by some friends. After high school David enrolled at San Jose State to pursue his undergraduate degree in Social Science with the hopes of becoming a teacher. It was at this time that he first started to volunteer in youth ministry which eventually became a part time and then full time ministry position. The Summer of 2004 was a big time for David. In June David graduated from SJSU and started youth ministry full time at MHPC and then in July married his high school sweetheart Pamela. Realizing a desire for more biblical and theological education, David enrolled in a Master of Divinity program at Western Seminary which he completed the summer of 2010. It was at this time that David felt God’s leading to pursue pastoral ministry, which would eventually lead him him to West Hills a few years later.

 

David has two ministry passions. The first is to teach the Word of God and the second is to equip people to use their spiritual gifting for God’s kingdom. It is great that the two so often go hand in hand. A lot of transformation happens as people interact with the bible, as well as when they experience the grace of God in action through service and the inevitable stretching that comes with using their spiritual gifts. It is a privilege to walk alongside people in this element of discipleship.

David loves spending time with his wife and his five kids. Likewise, he is working hard to teach them to love baseball (Go Giants!). David spends much of his free time reading, drinking coffee, running, cycling and playing music.

James Hernandez

James Hernandez

Elder in Training

Bio…

Coming soon…
Greg Mayer

Greg Mayer

Elder in Training

Bio…

Greg grew up in Morgan Hill and attended this church, when it was named Hillside, as he was growing up. Greg graduated from Live Oak High School and Cal Poly, SLO. He met his wife Christina at Cal Poly and they were married in 1995. As a young married couple, they recommitted their life to Christ, moved back to Morgan Hill in 1996 and starting attending West Hills Community Church.

They have 4 children, James, Cassie, CJ and Joey. They lived for 8 months in Cambodia (2012/2013) where they were blessed to fellowship with the WHCC missionary families of the Beck’s, Lopez’s and Well’s. Christina was a public school teacher before becoming a home school teacher. Greg has worked at various high tech companies in the accounting/finance area and is currently employed at FireEye Inc.